Managing your weight can seem like an impossible task. Temptations are everywhere, and so is a whole lot of bad, or at least misguided, information. Not to mention a ton of pills and potions that claim they’ll help you melt all your fat away without changing your diet. Don’t believe anything that sounds too good to be true (especially when whatever it is will cost you a nice chunk of change), and don’t be fooled into thinking that weight management is overly complicated. Managing your weight really isn’t hard to do. The hard part is gathering up your self discipline and willpower. In this article, we’ll look at some of the biggest keys to losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight.
The healthiest diets are those that are comprised mostly of all-natural, minimally processed ingredients. Foods and beverages that carry a “Diet” label can actually be much worse for your waistline than their non-diet counterparts. There is strong evidence that the artificial sweeteners in diet drinks and many foods can actually inhibit weight loss. When it comes to foods labeled “Low Fat,” be aware that many manufacturers replace the fat with more sugar or more artificial ingredients. If you consume more sugar than your body can process readily, it will be converted to and stored as fat. In other words, staying away from artificial sweeteners and other artificial ingredients can make it easier for you to lose weight, and staying away from too much sugar can help keep you from gaining weight.
Eat your veggies
Eating the proper amount of fresh vegetables and fruit is another key to managing your weight. In addition to the fiber in many fruits and veggies helping you to feel fuller quicker and longer, fresh produce contains many of the key nutrients your body needs to function properly. A well-fueled body can lead to a higher metabolic rate, more energy, fewer cravings, and a healthier digestive system, among many, many other good things. If you really aren’t a fan of eating fresh veggies and fruit, consider making smoothies. A smoothie that contains at least half leafy greens (like spinach or kale) and half fresh fruits and other veggies will give you the same amount of nutrition as eating the foods raw, and the taste of the fruits will completely hide the taste of your greens.
We’ve all heard that “everything in moderation” is the key. But what does that really mean? Simply put, it means you can have the cake or ice cream or brownies or whatever “junk” food appeals to you. You just can’t have that kind of stuff all the time or in place of the healthier produce, lean proteins, and whole grains your body needs. Too often, we decide we won’t have anything “bad” for us until we reach a certain goal. More often than not, we fall off the wagon and then get down on ourselves and/or use that slip-up as a reason to abandon our mission altogether. If you’re doing your best to eat a healthy, balanced diet, there is room for indulgent meals or desserts. Treat yourself to something special once or twice a week. This will keep you from feeling like you’re depriving yourself and may even let you enjoy your special treat even more without feeling guilty. If you ever do overdo it, get over it. Forgive yourself, move on, and try to be better.
When everything is said and done, the first step to managing your weight really is as simple as making better food choices.